Locally Sourced: The Crucial Role of Counties in the Health of Californians
Deborah Reidy Kelch
Behavioral Health, Medi-Cal
A lot of health care happens in our own backyards. This report looks at the role of California's counties in providing health services for our state's most vulnerable residents.
Opportunity Costs and Disparities in Time Spent Seeking Care in the United States
Kristin Ray, Amalavoyal Chari, John Engberg, Marnie Bertolet, Ateev Mehrotra
Telehealth, Patient-Centered Care
In 2010, people in the US spent 1.1 billion hours seeking health care for themselves or for loved ones. That time was worth $52 billion.
Directory Assistance: Maintaining Reliable Provider Directories for Health Plan Shoppers
ACA/Health Reform, Insurance Coverage, Patient-Centered Care
Inaccurate provider directories can thwart consumers' efforts to make informed health coverage decisions. What can California learn from other states about maintaining provider directories?
Five Ways to Pay: Palliative Care Payment Options for Plans and Providers
Nancy Wise, Dave Briere
Serious Illness & End-of-Life Care
While palliative care is poised for growth, determining an appropriate method of payment is a stumbling block. This issue brief describes five examples of payment models and how they impact health plans and providers.
Weaving Palliative Care into Primary Care: A Guide for Community Health Centers
Monique Parrish, Anne Kinderman, Michael Rabow
Serious Illness & End-of-Life Care, Providers, Patient-Centered Care
Primary care providers in community health clinics are optimally positioned to address the initial palliative care needs of patients with serious chronic and terminal illnesses, and to address triage and referral to specialists.
Hidden from View: How Consumers Find Information About Prescription Coverage
ACA/Health Reform, Patient-Centered Care
Consumers seeking information about a health plan's prescription drug benefits face a lot of obstacles. How can medication benefits be more accessible and easy to use?
Cancer Care Spending in California: What Medicare Data Say
Deborah Schrag, Harvard Medical School / Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Health Care Costs, Payment & Financing, Serious Illness & End-of-Life Care
Nearly 135,000 Californians are diagnosed with cancer each year, yet little is known about how much is spent on their treatment. Medicare spending estimates profile the top four cancers in the state.
RN Role Reimagined: How Empowering Registered Nurses Can Improve Primary Care
Thomas Bodenheimer, Laurie Bauer, J. Nwando Olayiwola, Sara Syer
Workforce, Patient-Centered Care
Facing a shortage of primary care physicians and a large increase in patients needing care, safety-net clinics are realizing the full potential of using the nursing workforce to deliver better care.
Beds for Boomers: Will California’s Supply of Services Meet Senior Demand?
With the aging of the baby boomers and gains in life expectancy, California's senior population is expected to more than double by 2040. Will the state's health care infrastructure be sufficient?
California Hospitals: An Evolving Environment
Lisa Maiuro, Bret Corzine
Workforce, Payment & Financing, Health Care Costs
Capacity at California's acute care hospitals was fairly stable over the decade from 2004 to 2013, with some regional variation. This Almanac report examines hospital supply, use of services, finances, and quality.
Limited Visibility: Making Information Available on Outpatient Surgery in California
Californians use outpatient surgery centers for many same-day procedures, yet fragmented oversight makes it difficult to get information about these facilities and the quality of care they provide.
Fine Print: Rules for Exchanging Behavioral Health Information in California
Deven McGraw, Robert Belfort, Alex Dworkowitz
The exchange of behavioral health information is constrained by operational challenges and legal concerns. Manatt Health describes the regulatory framework for sharing such data in California.